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Nikola targets the range of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks

Nikola on Tuesday disclosed details on its hydrogen fuel-cell-powered product lineup that will include vehicles with a driving range of up to 900 miles.

The lineup includes a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) variant of Nikola’s truck series Tre Cabover and Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper, a long-haul freight hauler, for the North American market.

The company’s Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) variant currently covers up to 300 miles.

The first Tre FCEV prototype building is set to begin in the second quarter, with testing and validation continuing into 2022, the company said, adding that production is planned to start in the second half of 2023.

Nikola said its Tre FCEV Cabover is targeted for distances up to 500 miles, while the Sleeper would allow for a non-stop range of up to 900 miles.

In December, the company terminated a deal with Republic Services to develop electric garbage trucks for the recycling and waste disposal firm.

This all follows last year’s announcement that General Motors was buying a state in Nikola, a deal that was quickly undone after a short seller accused Nikola of fraud, leading founder Trevor Milton to resign and kicking off a federal investigation.

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